- The speaker of Parliament, has called for a change of Ghana's Republic Day from July 1 to January 7 every year
- According to him, it was on that day, in the year 1993, that the 4th Republic was born
- He added that each overthrow of government toppled the constitution and therefore it ceased to exist afterwards
The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, has called for a change of date of the Republic Day, from July 1 to January 7 of every year.
In an article titled, “What is the Republic Day in Ghana?”, he reportedly stated that “January 7th 1993 is the 'Republic Day' of the Republic of Ghana.
May God bless our homeland Ghana, May He save the Republic – the only Republic in current and legal terms – January 7th 1993”.
He argued that it was better that Ghana is currently experiencing its 4th Republic and as such to celebrate July 1 as the nation’s Republic Day is an error.
According to him, “In 1960, Ghana became a Republic. However, in 1966, that was overthrown by a military coup led by Kotoka and the 1st Republic ended.
The 2nd Republic came into being in 1969. That Republic also came to an end in another coup led by General Acheampong.
In 1979 we had the 3rd Republic led by President Limann. Rawlings staged the December 31st revolution/coup in 1981 and ended the Third Republic.
On January 7th, 1993, the 4th Republic was brought into being and Chairman Rawlings became a constitutional President.”
He further explained that in all of these instances, none of the overthrown constitutions was restored.
“Each Republic had its own constitution. It was new, fresh and different,” he added.
An attempt to celebrate July 1 as Ghana’s Republic day, he went on, would tempt foreigners to wonder the exact event being celebrated.
Reinforcing his message, he went on to say that it would be proper to celebrate the cause of freedom and of right on the 7th day of the month of January every year.
It should be set aside to celebrate the most priceless of all God's gifts to humanity – freedom and justice, he concluded.
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